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What is the compound N2O4?

What is the compound N2O4?

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Asked by Wack, Last updated: Jul 30, 2018

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M. Krasinski

M. KrasinskiContent Writer, Columbus
Content Writer, Columbus

Answered on Jul 30, 2018

N2O4 is also known as Dinitrogen tetroxide. This is one of the chemical compounds that is commonly used in doing chemical synthesis. This type of gas is colorless so it may be hard to detect. Take note that this compound may not always be one of those that are always used and it may not have any significant effect on all of the other compounds that it will be mixed with but it is important to know more about this and all the other compounds so that you will have an easy time monitoring and recognizing the different ones available. N2O4 is not the most reduced formula however, NO2 is known to be its empirical form.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Jan 05, 2017

This compound contains only nonmetals and therefore it is a molecular compound. For molecular compounds you add prefixes to indicate the # of atoms of each element. Since there is 2 nitrogen atoms, we add di- before nitrogen. Since there are 4 oxygen atoms, we add tetra- before oxygen and since the oxygen is the last element we change its ending to -ide.
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